Thursday, June 13, 2024

Favorite Book

 It's been a few days since I posted anything. Here's why.

I'm working very hard on Book 5 of Branches of Time . I already have the cover and title. It's almost killing me to hold it back, but I want it to be a surprise for you, so you'll have to wait a bit longer. In the meantime, I'm also trying to plan book 6. So yes, in answer to some of your questions, there are a few more to come in this series yet. But I'd like your opinion on how I'm doing so far. I'd really like to know what is your favorite in this series? This will help me to figure out in what direction I should go next.



Thursday, May 23, 2024

How My Time Travel Works

 


Are you fairly new to reading time travel? When I started writing it, in 2019, I was new to writing it, but not new to reading it. I was a big Diana Gabaldon fan, not just on the TV series, but I've read every one of the Outlander books. Since I was a child I found the idea of going to another time fascinating, but I noticed that every author had a different vision as to how it should work. By know you know that, in my mind, it happens through DNA and family connections, and not with machines.
Recently there was a discussion about the ages of my characters and how it all works. I can tell you this. In my time traveling world, the years are parallel, and by that I mean, they are continuously happening at the same time. Confusing? It is to me, too, which is why I keep a family tree on each line and detailed dates and places. Here's how it goes for the main character, Francine Clark, in the A Slip in Time series. Fran was born in 1994, so at the beginning of the series in 2019, she is 25 years old. When she pops back to 1875, she is still 25 years old. She will age according to her original birth year, but they are always 144 years apart.
In 2025 she is 31
In 1881 she is 31
In 1882 she is 32
In 2036 she is 42
In 1929 she is 79 --that would be 2073-- which is why it would be such a disaster for her to return to her own time.

When you started the new series Branches of Time, Skye, did you notice that Ginny and Daniel were not as old as they were in Yesterday's Memories, Book 12 of a Slip in Time? That's because Skye began in 1907, so they were only in their mid fifties then. In other words, I went backwards twenty-two years to when Skye was only twenty. 2051(future)-144=1907(past)

When you read my books it's best to watch the year changes within that story line, but please don't get too bogged down in the family details and years. I'll keep it straight for you and try to remind you along the way. And I keep a list of characters and their relationships at the back of the book, just in case you need to refresh yourself, but beware of spoilers.
Hope this helps for those of you who have been asking.

Saturday, May 11, 2024

Branches of Time

 

I love seeing all four books of my newest series together.  I can't wait for you to see the next cover I have planned for book 5! In the meantime go to Amazon.com/author/obrienjane for a list of all of my books. Be sure to read any of my series in order for the full romantic experience. 

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

New Release!


                                                           




 My newest book, Finding Cade, Branches of Time, #4, has just been released in both Kindle and paperback!

Read the description to see what exciting words are about to come your way, then click on any linked title to take you directly to the Amazon page.


Cade Kent Kestler has been a caring and protective brother, always watching out for his daring sister, Skye, since the day she was born.  But this time he had to take care of himself.

Cade and Skye only recently learned that their parents had time-traveled with them from 2035 to 1885 as children, in order to find a safe way of living.  Now that the secret is out and they have learned how to time travel themselves, the adventurous Skye was eager to seek out her ancestors and immerse herself in their lives, but Cade was against this practice, saying it was dangerous and would only lead to trouble.  Unfortunately, the time has now come when Cade has no choice.  He has to use their secret power in order to save himself from a fight that was about to prove deadly.  Escaping the only way he knew how, he pressed his secret button and discovered he had gone farther back than he had planned.  He was now in 1831 in a Potawatomi village along the shores of Lake Michigan.

Who are these people, and how will they receive him?  Why does he feel so comfortable here?  How is it possible that he can understand their language?  And why does he feel a close connection to the lovely Kewaunee, the native woman who saved his life?

When Skye discovers her brother is missing, the frantic search begins.  She turns to the love of her life, Remington Hart, a man from the future who first came to take her back to the year where she belonged.  Remington has a tracking device which should be able to find Cade, but it has failed.  Rem has promised Skye he will do all he can to find Cade, but will it be enough?  Will Cade be lost to them forever?  Will Skye and Rem’s love survive the turmoil?

Continue this family saga with Finding Cade, Branches of Time, Book 4.  There is danger everywhere as the future encroaches on the past.  Who will survive and who will not?

If you’re a fan of Diana Gabaldon and the Outlander, you will love this series.

Friday, April 26, 2024

Giveaway Time!

 It's almost time to release a new book, which means it's time to give away something.  If you'd like to win, head over to my Facebook page, join my page if you're not already a follower, and then simply leave a comment and tag a friend who also likes to read.  Hurry!  You only have until Sunday. 

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Monday, April 1, 2024

Spring, here we come!!

     I hope you had a wonderful Easter. It's a time of hope for the future and reflections on the past.

I already have a list of things I want to accomplish this season, now that we are able to move about more easily here in the Midwest. How about you?
First and foremost is publishing my next book, Finding Cade. I have a deadline in my head for sometime in May. I think I"m on track if I don't spend too much time writing here. Ha ha. And I'm so excited because I now have the title for the book after that!
But really, my list is for time with my family, especially my husband. We are going to do small day trips once a week to local tourist places within our state that we tend to overlook because they're always there. My city is growing, but more importantly it seems to be updating at warp speed. Everything is shiny and new downtown. There are so many new restaurants to sample, small shops, and a few new parks to walk. I look forward to picnics at Lake Michigan and to watching the boats go through the channel from Muskegon Lake to Lake Michigan. That last one probably sounds silly to anyone who does not live near water, but to me it is one of the most relaxing things I can do. Just find a bench and watch the boats go by. And it's even better with a book in hand. The sounds of the boat motors putting slowly along ( channel speed is 'no wake') and the lapping waves does me a world of good.
What are your plans for spring and summer? Do you like to sit outside and read? Favorite authors? Do you have any new titles you'd like to suggest? Let's call this a sharing day. I'm truly interested.

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Friday, March 29, 2024

National Vietnam War Veterans Day

 


    
                                                                        1967-1969

Today is National Vietnam War Veterans Day. I like to take a moment to thank those who fought so bravely so many years ago.

(Copied form the Internet)
"29 March is a fitting choice for a day honoring Vietnam veterans. It was chosen to be observed in perpetuity as March 29, 1973 was the day United States Military Assistance Command, Vietnam was disestablished and also the day the last U.S. combat troops departed Vietnam Day."
Although my husband was not in Vietnam, he was in the Pacific in Taipei, Taiwan for two years working in his trained field as communications technician. Without the support of all of the Vietnam Era Military, those that were 'in country' could not have done their jobs.
We appreciate you all! Thank you for your service.
(My guy is middle row, second from the left)

Monday, March 18, 2024

Spring is Coming!

 


The weather this week looks like anything but Spring, but the facts remain. It's on its way. So here's a little spring picture for you.

Imagine yourself at a warm beach or relaxing in a back yard lawn chair with one of my books in your hands. The warm breeze moves across your body, flowers are blooming everywhere, the birds are singing , and the squirrels are scampering around a nearby tree. Off in the distance you hear a dog bark and you are helpless to keep your eyes open. Are you dreaming of Skye and Rem? Are you wondering what has happened to Cade? Are you trying to guess what is in store for our time-travelers? The answers are coming soon. I promise. And I never break a promise.

Sunday, March 17, 2024

Happy St. Patrick's Day

 


I wrote about the McCauley family in honor of my Irish heritage.  I didn't know they would steal my heart.  Let me know if they do the same for you.

Friday, March 15, 2024

The Ides of March

 



The Ides of March is Upon Us, Beware the Ides of March.
Do you believe in superstitions? Typically, this day is considered a bad luck day similar to Friday the 13th, which has no meaning for me at all. I simply don't pay any attention to it.
Today is far from a bad luck day for me, because I can announce to all of my audio listeners that The 13th Lighthouse, Book #1 of The Lighthouse Trilogy, is now available on audio! I am slowly going through all of my books, so I will follow up with The Painted Duck on audio soon.
I have to say it was fun re-visiting my old friends again and spending time with Belle as she traveled West Michigan while trying to solve the unanswered questions her mother left behind after her death.
If you haven't given The Lighthouse Trilogy a try, you might enjoy reading this romantic, family saga. It's also available on Kindle, Kindle Unlimited, and in paperback. Here's the link.
And don't forget to help a gal out and leave those all important reviews.
Thank you for reading Jane O'Brien books!

Thursday, March 7, 2024

And As Promised!

 Yes, I know.  I promised another announcement, so here it is.

I have finally settled on my next book cover and I"m giving you a sneak peek.  Now don't hold me to it; there may be some tweaks along the way, but for the most part, this is it.

What do you think?  Can you guess what is about to happen?  I suspect you would be wrong, but that's part of the fun; isn't it? Let me know your thoughts.  I'd love to hear them.




Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Audio Books are Ready!

 


I have two things to tell you today, but I'm going to force myself to save one of them until tomorrow, so don't forget to come back.

My announcement for today is for all of you audio listeners. I am so excited to say that The Unforgettables has been completed for audio. All 6 books are now available.


What? You don't have time to listen to something new? OR you think you would rather read a book (which I personally get completely) instead of having one read to you?
But if you are in the car a lot, listening to books can be amazing. And if you like to take some time during the day to work on a hobby, it's a perfect way to be alone and yet not be alone. Another voice talking to you can be very soothing.
And think of the book titles on your Want to Read List you'll be able to cover. Read when you can and listen you can.
You don't like to read more than one book at a time, you say? Hmm. I used to say the same thing, and then I realized how many TV shows are series. And how many of those I watch while waiting week to week for the next episode.
So there! You have no excuses. Give audio books a shot. As a matter of fact, each of my titles offers a free sample to listen to before you make your final decision.
Here's a link to the first book in The Unforgettables, Ruby and Sal. I'll let you take it from there. Thank you for giving my audio books a try. You might be surprised that you like them.
And by the way, all 12 of A Slip in Time and the first book of Branches of Time, Skye, are also on Audible.

Friday, March 1, 2024

Happy March




We made it to March 1st! Is it just me or did this winter fly by? Usually it drags on forever, and I know our weather isn't done playing tricks on us yet, but nothing can stop spring from coming, and that's the truth. (I almost felt like Lily Tomlin needed to give us a raspberry there 🙂
Anyway, St. Patrick's Day will be here in two shakes, so it give me the opportunity to remind you of my first series, The White Pine Trilogy, which is about an Irish American family in West Michigan. I didn't name the cities back then, but book 1 is meant to be in Newaygo, book 2 is meant to be in Muskegon, and book 3 is meant to be in Ludington. These three are not in the time travel genre, but are romances, with a twist of history, mystery, and family entanglements. If you're interested, here's the link to the series. Paperback, Kindle, and always free on Kindle Unlimited. (Soon to be in Audible)
Happy March!

Bk1: The Tangled Roots of Bent Pine Lodge
Bk2: The Dunes and Don'ts Antiques Emporium
Bk 3: The Kindred Spirit Bed and Breakfast
Bonus Bk 3.5: A Kindred Christmas (a novella)

Saturday, January 27, 2024

New Audio Books

 And it's official! Two more of Jane O'Brien's books is now available in Audio. Recently Ruby and Sal was published in audio, and now you can find the next book in the series, Maisy and Max, also in Audio. This is an exciting time for me as I go through each of my books, read, and listen to make sure you get the best quality. I'm re-acquainting myself of some of my old friends. I love it.

You can find them here through Amazon:

Also look for them on Audible, and iTunes.

Next stop, Ivy and Fox, Bk #3, coming soon.

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

All Together Again


The Book of Jade is now available in paperback.  It was quite a trial as there was a small glitch on the cover, but all is right with the world now, as far as I'm concerned.  I always breathe a little easier when my ducks are in a row. Next step is Audible, but that takes more time.  I"ll be sure to let you know when it happens.  For now, you can enjoy reading more of Skye's adventures as she travels to the Far East!

Monday, January 22, 2024

New Release! Jade is Here

 




I promised another bit of news today. But I lied. It's not a bit-- it's huge! In fact if I could, I would be doing cartwheels

The Book of Jade is now available for purchase for Kindle!!
I was holding off because I wanted the paperback to be ready at the same time, but there has been a delay because of a glitch with the cover. It should be ready soon. I'll keep you updated.
So hurry up and grab your copy of Book 3 in The Branches of Time. I can't wait to hear what you think of it.


Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Freedom

 


I hope you are all staying warm and safe. It's been a crazy last few days here in Michigan. Cold, windy, and plenty of snow. It just keeps coming, but we may be seeing an end to it now. Because of my focus on the weather, I missed talking about something important -- to me, anyway. I never discuss politics here, but as you may be aware of already, my next book, The Book of Jade, takes place in Taiwan.
I lived in this country for two years and because of that I have always held a fondness for the people and their struggles for democracy. On Saturday, over 14 million people voted in a fair and honest election, when the previous Vice President, Lai Ching-te, was voted into the office of President. For the third consecutive election in a row, Taiwan has chosen freedom and independence. I congratulate them on their victory!
Watch for Branches of Time, Book Three, The Book of Jade, Coming soon, I promise!

Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Winter Time

  What else can I say but winter is finally here.  After seeing nothing but green grass all season, we're now expecting up to ten inches of snow between today and tomorrow.  This is Michigan -- one extreme to another.  But there's one thing I know for sure, it will be beautiful beyond imagination.

And at least until it melts, Mr. Snowman will be enjoying my latest book.  How about you?



Take your pick from any one of my twenty-nine books, sit by a nice warm fire, and enjoy.
You can find them all here:  Jane O'Brien